Aussie and Kiwi share Classic spoils

Peter Hayes and Tim Elliott were declared joint winners of this year's Fraser Coast Classic at Hervey Bay Golf and Country Club.
Peter Hayes and Tim Elliott were declared joint winners of this year's Fraser Coast Classic at Hervey Bay Golf and Country Club. Griffith Thomas

AUSTRALIA and New Zealand have always enjoyed an intense rivalry on the sporting field.

Yet yesterday, two seasoned golfers stood side by side in triumph at the Hervey Bay Golf and Country Club.

Victorian Tim Elliott and Kiwi financial planner Peter Hayes were declared joint winners of the $20,000 Fraser Coast Classic after the pair each carded rounds of one-under 69 and par-70 in the two-day event.

Queenslander John Price and New South Wales' David Merriman were one shot back.

For Hayes, who now has five wins since joining the Australian PGA Legends Tour four years ago, said he was delighted to take home the crown at his fourth attempt.

"I'm surprised, really, I have been struggling with my game a little bit in the last few weeks," he said.

"This would have to be right up there as one of my best victories because of the quality of the field and because it's over two rounds."

Hayes, 53, traded five birdies for five bogeys during yesterday's round of 70, but never missed a fairway all weekend and was almost flawless on the greens.

Elliott got off to a flying start in his round yesterday, claiming three birdies on the front nine, but a string of three bogeys in five holes allowed Hayes to charge into contention.

Although this was Elliott's first Fraser Coast Classic title, the 1995 South Australian and 1998 Western Australian Open champion is no stranger to the area having won the Hervey Bay Open during the '90s.

A player on the European Senior Tour last year, the 52-year-old said he enjoyed taking on the challenging course and the chance to bask in a bit of sunshine while he was here.

"Anytime you win is great," he said.

"I just love it up in Queensland.

"The weather is just unbelievable.

"My wife rang me this morning and she said it is hailing down there ( in Victoria) at the moment and looking like it's going to snow.

"You know where I'd rather be."

Former world top-10 player Rodger Davis fired an even-par 70 yesterday to finish in a three-way tie for fifth with Steven Aisbett and overnight leader Paul Dalgleish.

Defending champion and two-time winner Hugh Dolan finished a further three shots back in 12th, while former US PGA Champion Wayne Grady was never in the hunt with rounds of 78 and 76.


1= Tim Elliott 139 (-1)

1= Peter Hayes 139 (-1)

3= John Price 140 (par)

3= David Merriman 140 (par)

5= Steven Aisbett 142 (+2)

5= Rodger Davis 142 (+2)

5= Paul Dalgleish 142 (+2)

8= Russell Swanson 143 (+3)

8= Greg Hohnen 143 (+3)

10= Stephen Herbert 144 (+4)

10= Richard Backwell 144 (+4)

Bus incident led to trip to police

Police talk to a man after an incident on a Wide Bay Transit bus.

The man has been charged with public nuisance.

Brass band ready for annual event on weekend

Excelsior Brass Band, Maryborough City celebrates 100 years - 
Photo: Valerie Horton / Fraser Coast Chronicle

The annual Power Brass Showcase is set to be a hit

Headspace grows to help our young

Psychology issues and concepts word cloud illustration. Word collage concept.

The day celebrated 10 years of innovation in youth mental health

Local Partners

Library to air next classic film series at free event

FRASER Coast Libraries will screen An American In Paris as part of the next series of their classic film series.

Something for young and old at annual antique fair

Hervey Bay Antiques and Collectables Fair, PCYC - Kaitlyn and Charlotte Smith enjoyed looking over the jewellery on the Magpies Collectables stall.
Photo: Valerie Horton / Fraser Coast Chronicle

The Fraser Coast Antique Fair is on again

Barry Gibb is coming to Bluesfest 2017

FANS: Barry Gibb talks to a fan next to a cardboard cutout of his young self.

Aged 70, Gibb has re-launched his solo music career with a new album

Veteran photographer's work on show at gallery

Fraser Coast Chronicle chief photographer Alistair Brightman's photographic exhibition at Hervey Bay Regional Art Gallery is on now. It's called 20twenty20 Vision - Views & News.

"In my free time I do a lot of landscape and nature photography."

Selma Blair blames flight outburst on 'psychotic blackout'

Selma Blair

"I am someone who should never drink, and I rarely do"

Bob Dylan acknowledges Nobel Prize win

Bob Dylan has finally acknowledged his Nobel Prize win

WATCH: Trailer for Jackman's final Wolverine film released

First trailer for the last Wolverine film with Hugh Jackman.

Thrilling trailer promises a dark, dystopian finale for Wolverine

CCTV footage surfaces of Kim Kardashian West's robbers

The blurry footage shows three men on bikes and two on foot

Cathriona White's mother claims to have Jim Carrey's results

Jim Carrey and late ex-girlfriend Cathriona White

SHE claims Carrey exposed White to herpes, chlamydia, Hepatitis A

The Koi Boys are back with more covers and original songs

Former Voice contestants The Koi Boys have signed with Universal Music.

THE Voice favourites release their debut album today.

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

What our mayor thinks of the new draft SEQPlan

The plan to use the innovative technology as part of the new Maroochydore CBD was cemented on site today when Mayor Mark Jamieson and Envac Asia Region president Chun Yong Ha formally signed the contract for the $20 million underground waste collection system.

New plan accommodates Sunshine Coast Council's vision for growth.

Dusit Thani finance crisis 'just a small hiccup'

ON TRACK: Springfield Land Chairman, Maha Sinnathamby, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, Developer Richard Turner and Springfield Land Deputy Chairman, Bob Sharpless, at the recent resort sod turning ceremony.

Property developer says project remains firmly on track

Heavyweight enters real estate market

Des Besanko principal and director of Raine and Horne Springfield.

Major rebranding which has seen two big name brands merge

SEQ is the 'greatest market': property guru John McGrath

SPEAKER: John McGrath of McGrath Estate Agents is today's guest speaker at the Better Business Breakfast.

SEQ is the "greatest" real estate market, says property guru.